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Microsoft’s Window Mobile platform: A Downfall

Microsoft’s Window Mobile platform: A Downfall

I have vague memories of those years long ago when Windows Mobile was the ruler of the roost, dominating nearly half of the mobile operating system market.  Then, in that last three years, WinMo market share started descending on a steep slope.  And never really recovered.  Now with the advent of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s next generation mobile platform, the software giant is hoping to find success in its mobile future.

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Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on

Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on

Microsoft have officially launched Windows Phone 7 and with it the Windows Phone Series, promising we'll see the first devices on the market in time for the holiday 2010 shopping season.  Windows Phone 7 marks a new, more end-user aware phase for the platform, with Zune and Xbox integration, together with stricter controls over the overall end-user experience: third-party UIs, such as HTC Sense, will not be allowed (though OEMs will be able to add into the new WP7 UI), and while they're not yet revealing the details, Microsoft have a long technical specifications list for handset manufacturers that will better standardize the platform.

There are no handsets debuting today - though HTC, Dell and Qualcomm are among the manufacturers onboard - and all of the demo devices are unbranded, generic models specially built by ASUS.  Still, they're a decent example of what we can expect: a large, multitouch-friendly capacitive touchscreen with a glass front, three front-panel buttons (back, Start and search), GPS and a rear-mounted camera.  They also have a front-facing camera, though there won't apparently be support for it natively in Windows Phone 7, and OEMs are limited to what hardware controls they can add; it's pretty much down to volume buttons, camera shortcut and power.

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Acer E110 Android and P300 WinMo phones revealed

Acer E110 Android and P300 WinMo phones revealed

Details of two new Acer smartphones have emerged, courtesy of the Bluetooth SIG.  The handsets - the Acer E110, running Android, and the Acer P300, running Windows Mobile - both have touchscreens, quadband GSM and UMTS/HSDPA, with the E110 seemingly confirmed in both 900/2100MHz and 850/1900MHz versions suggesting US AT&T availability.

Each smartphone also has Bluetooth (with A2DP support), while the Bluetooth SIG go on to confirm that the E110 has GPS and AGPS.

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Android 2.0.1 dual-boot XPERIA X1 hack [Video]

Android 2.0.1 dual-boot XPERIA X1 hack [Video]

Over at xda-developers they're pathologically addicted to getting software to run on devices it was never intended to, and fed up of waiting for Sony Ericsson's debut into the Android ecosystem, the XPERIA X10, they've focused instead on getting Android onto an earlier phone.  Normally the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is found playing nicely with Windows Mobile, but you can now dual-boot it with that and Android 2.0.1.

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Windows Mobile 7 arriving Q4 2010, HTC Obsession work-in-progress?

Windows Mobile 7 arriving Q4 2010, HTC Obsession work-in-progress?

Confusing rumors regarding Microsoft's Windows Mobile plans for MWC 2010 probably aren't going to become clear until the February show itself, but according to DigiTimes the Seattle firm expect both Windows Mobile 6.6 and Windows Mobile 7 to take the stage.  They're quoting the usual unnamed sources, who reckon Microsoft will deliver WM7 to handset manufacturers in September 2010, with initial devices expected in Q4 2010 or early Q1 2011.

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Windows Mobile 6.6 in Feb 2010 with native capacitive touch support?

Windows Mobile 6.6 in Feb 2010 with native capacitive touch support?

Despite their best efforts with Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft's smartphone platform continued to fall behind in mindshare faced with Android, iPhone OS and webOS, and the latest rumors are that the company plans an incremental update in order to tide us over until Windows Mobile 7.  Digitimes' industry sources reckon that Microsoft plan to release Windows Mobile 6.6 (codenamed Maldives) in February 2010, and while no specific event is mentioned it seems likely that such a launch would take place at Mobile World Congress 2010.

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Sprint 2010 range leaks: HTC WiMAX phone, Palm C40, BB Tour 2.

Sprint 2010 range leaks: HTC WiMAX phone, Palm C40, BB Tour 2.

You'd think CES 2010 would sate even the most gluttonous of gadget-hounds, but apparently there's still room for a leak or two.  Sprint's 2010 device line-up has apparently been leaked, with phoneArena's tipster providing them with details of handsets ranging from an HTC WiMAX candybar (codenamed A9292) through the Palm C40 (a different device from the existing Pre and Pixi) and the BlackBerry Tour 2 9650 (the sequel to the current Tour).

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Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Microsoft have tipped their hand for upcoming integration between Xbox LIVE and Windows Mobile, after a job listing was spotted for a "principal program manager" responsible for "bringing Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile".  While there are no specifics - and it seems unlikely, given the state of current smartphone performance, that we'll see Xbox 360 titles ported to Microsoft's smartphones any time soon - the initial push appears to be bringing avatars, IM chatting and profile browsing to mobile devices.

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iPhone pips WinMo in US smartphone marketshare

iPhone pips WinMo in US smartphone marketshare

Apple have pulled ahead of Microsoft in terms of smartphone market share, according to a comScore report detailing October's US mobile traffic.  The research firm has been tracking month-by-month usage across multiple platforms, and while RIM still leads the way with roughly 15m devices in use, the iPhone has pulled ahead of Windows Mobile's roughly 7m devices by around 2m.

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